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Can you imagine a more amazingly relaxing vacation than one that includes one of those gorgeous over-water huts? It’s hard to imagine. A vacation like that is definitely a bucket list item! You’ve seen Fiji an the Maldives, but what about Malaysia? Oh. My. Glorious. Goodness. Malaysia is *amazing!* Check out these beautiful sites to see on your dream trip to Malaysia.
The luxurious Pangkor Laut Resort in Pangkor, Malaysia is a top choice for travelers wanting to experience luxury at its finest.
Take a walk through the rain forest with a canopy walk in Danum Valley- one of the world’s most complex eco-systems.
Amazing sites to be seen at the Langkawi Sky Pedestrian Bridge. At 2300 feet above sea level you will be able to see for miles and miles.
If your travel takes you to southwestern Malaysia, you don’t want to miss the architectural wonder that is the Malacca Straits Mosque. A melding of British and Chinese architecture, it is simply breathtaking.
No trip to Malaysia would be complete without a stop in Kuala Lumpur. And while you’re in Kuala Lumpur, you must see the Hindu temple tucked away inside the Batu Caves.
Look at this water! Have you ever seen anything anything soooo blue?! A boat ride to Kilim Karst Geoforest Park will be a boat ride like no other you’ve experienced! Limestone formations and mangroves are among the natural wonders this park features.
A vacation to Malaysia wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the beach, and the beaches of the Perhentian Islands will not disappoint.
Take a stroll and stop for a bite to eat among the rice paddies in Pantai Cenang. There is also a (free) museum to visit.
Malaysia has many night markets to explore, one of which is the Batu Ferringhi Night Market. With more than 100 vendor spaces, you can find everything from handcrafted items to beautiful lacquered pots. Go for dinner- the food is sure to be amazing.
If backpacking is your passion, the Cameron Highlands are a backpacker dream. With 14 trails that surround the town of Tanah Rata, the Highlands are a top hiking destination in Malaysia.
Start packing! Adventure awaits in Malaysia.
Travel Tips & Tricks
- Do you need a passport? It’s kind of important! US residents can check out this article on obtaining (or renewing) a passport.
- The best travel advice I have ever received is “take half as much clothing, twice as much money.” Ain’t that the truth?! I am a chronic over-packer and adhering to this has been a challenge. I was able to pull it off on our last vacation, which was great because then I had room for all of the stuff I bought with the “twice as much money” part of this equation. <heh heh>
- The second best travel advice I have ever received is that if you are traveling with a group or another couple, build in downtime for yourself or you and your spouse. Too much “together” can take its toll. Nothing says that because you are vacationing together you have to do everything together. If you’re a foodie and your friends are not, go out to dinner with your partner. If you want to read and they want to rent wave runners, stay behind and read. This is your vacation, so make it one you have the best time possible during.
- Airlines have cracked down on luggage sizes and weights, and the fee for an overweight bag can be astronomical. If your luggage is older, consider upgrading to a set that is guaranteed to be the correct size for carryons and is also lightweight. I bought this Travelhouse 3-piece luggage set for my daughter’s recent vacation. The largest piece weighs just 9 pounds, it has spinner wheels and a TSA approved lock. It also comes in several colors, which is my third tip: If you’re purchasing new luggage, consider luggage that is a color or pattern – in other words, not black! It will be so much easier to spot your bag on the luggage carousel. This is especially handy when traveling with kids whose luggage you also need to find. No one wants to hang out at the airport checking every black bag that passes by! Is that it…no…is that it…no…I think that’s it…nope. A new luggage set can solve a lot of headaches, for a pretty reasonable price!
- TSA approved bottles for liquids are another must-have when planning a big trip. These squeezable silicone bottles are 2 and 3 ounces and can be refilled each time you travel. Yes, you can check larger sized containers, but for items you want access to throughout your flight, these bottles are perfect!
- Take comfy shoes, even if you think you won’t do a lot of walking. You never know what adventures will pop up and buying shoes you already have at home is an expense that is easy to avoid.
- Save on hotel stays by choosing hotel groups, such as Intercontinental Hotels, that regularly offer deals and discounts.
If you want to read more about our recent travel adventures, check out these posts:
And also some of our “travel dreaming” posts here:
Our Comprehensive Guide to Fiji: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know Before You Go To Fiji
Five Amazing Waterfalls You Won’t Believe Are In Michigan
I Dream of Iceland: 10 Things to See and Do on Your Dream Vacation
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